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Venus Retrograde 2013
Venus Verticordia, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Everyone has heard of the cosmic slipups that seem to appear when Mercury is retrograde, but did you know that other planets can go retro too? Well, they can! And at the Solstice on December 21, 2013, Venus enters a rare retro phase in Capricorn, lasting until January 31st, when she she turns direct again. Now, read on...
At 21:55 UT (Universal Time) on Saturday, December 21, 2013, Venus reaches her retrograde station at 28° Capricorn 59', in preparation for a period of retrograde motion that will last until January 31, 2014, when she reaches her direct station at 13° Capricorn 34'. At this time she halts and begins her return to direct motion through the zodiac.
Over these weeks even the most casual interactions tend to become fraught with seriousness, intended or not. Female relationships, partnership and other alliance, and joint ventures of any kind fit this pattern. Older or more mature people seem especially interesting. More structure and seriousness imposed on relationships can mean more stability and commitment. Relationships from the past may reappear. Artistic endeavours should become more focused and organized, though originality and imagination can suffer from the tendency to stick to tradition or whatever methods or patterns you know best. This is not the best time for beauty treatments, cosmetic surgery, or redecorating projects. Social gestures and diplomacy are likely to be self-serving.
A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. This traditional concept arises in the illusory planetary motion created by the orbital rotation of the earth, with relation to other planets in our solar system. Planets are never actually retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way, due to this optical illusion. It's a bit like travelling on the road watching another car beside you: when the other car slows down, or you speed up, it looks as though the other car is moving backwards. Click here for some neat graphics and more on the science of retrograde planetary motion.
Venus does turn retrograde only once every eighteen months, but the effects of each period differ, according to the sign in which it happens (see box for Venus Retrograde 2013). Retrograde periods, although often problematic for us earthlings, are not particularly uncommon. Each planet retrogrades, except the Sun and Moon.
As a rule, retrograde planets indicate a period of seemingly inevitable or fated events that relate to their sphere of influence. They present us with a series of events over which we seem to have little or no control, relating especially to the sign in which the retrogradation occurs. Often, related issues from the past reappear and need to be dealt with.
The retrograde period is best seen as a cycle, beginning when Venus begins to slow to a halt before travelling backwards through the zodiac and ending when she returns to the point where she first paused. There is controversy about these so-called "Shadow Periods", but I have included them for your interest. However, during the cycle, the planetary energy is most powerful (and more likely to generate critical events of universal importance) when Venus makes a station, appearing motionless in the heavens.
During a retrograde period the things Venus influences will be less apparent, or be of less concern to the world. Visual sensibilities are reduced. People dress with less flair and our colour sense tends to be muted. This is not the time to purchase clothes or jewellery, change one's make-up or hairstyle. Redecorating or refurbishing homes or business should also be avoided, though there is no reason why decisions that have been made earlier should not be allowed to come to fruition during this period.
With Venus retrograde, the pace of relationships slows down, so this is not the best time to get married or give big parties. Since Venus rules diplomacy, slowdowns in all sorts of negotiations can be expected, including industrial disputes, legal issues and diplomatic endeavours. Unresolved issues from the past will come forward and demand resolution.
It is a time when we are called upon to go back and take care of unfinished business, particularly to do with relationships, emotional and financial. Often we are forced to deal with deep feelings that have their origins in past events. They are activated on an inner level but are often difficult to express to ourselves or others while Venus is retrograde.
When Venus is retrograde, everyone's emotional state is more introspective and we tend to react emotionally to the issues and concerns that relate to the sign involved. With Venus retrograde in Capricorn, people with this sign prominent in their charts will be especially prone to such introspection. Capricorn is a Cardinal Sign, so it also has a notable effect on those with the other Cardinal Signs prominent in their charts. The Cardinal Signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. Venus does turn in a sector of the zodiac known as the Terms of Mars, reinforcing the intense relationship between the passions and the pleasures, for Venus (pleasure; femininity) hits reverse gear in mutual reception with Mars (passion; masculinity), so we will be forced to confront our personal feelings and relationships with an eye to the opportunity to gain insight into our own mode of relating, whether sexually, creatively, or financially. Worth noting is the fact that Mars himself is located in Terms of Venus, further reinforcing the close connection between Mars and Venus over this phase.
Venus the love goddess turns in conjunction with the Fixed Star Terebellum, a star of the nature of Venus and Saturn in the hindquarters of Sagittarius, the Archer. Robson tells us that the Kabbalists associate this constellation with the Hebrew letter Vau and the 6th Tarot Trump "The Lovers". The choice between positive and negative potentials is marked here by the image of a man deciding between two lovers. A moral crossroads is indicated, so we must consider the consequences before acting. Should the choice be a testing one, we should seek out high guidance. The flame of love can ignite the blaze of passion, but it can also consume and destroy us if carelessly lit. Love is a wonderful thing, but profane or unrequited love has the power to tear families and lives apart. Vau is the suggested link, or hook, between the divine and the material, presented as humanity in the figure of a man, the spirit, gazing at the woman, the world of action and desire. And since matters from the past tend to come forward during the retro phase, an old flame, or reminiscences of lost love, may reappear.
Venus in Scorpio stimulates a magnetic attraction to the opposite sex, though in the retro phase a more fated or destined feel suffuses the atmosphere as we seek to fathom the depths of relationships. Romantic connections with their roots in the past will thrust themselves forward again for those whose charts are affected. The presence of Mars in Scorpio further deepens and intensifies this tendency. Mars and Venus are the planets of masculine and feminine attraction, of passion and desire; they have been in and out of conjunction for quite some weeks now, and indeed Venus turns retrograde in the conjunction but does not quite catch up to the passionate Warrior Lord again until the end of May 2011. This means that in effect the conjunction is astrologically active for almost nine months! Venus moderates the harshness of Mars, but Mars energises the sensuality and passionate desire of Venus, especially in Scorpio, the night-sign of Mars and the sign of the detriment of Venus. So if you've been feeling a little randy (or like blowing something up), blame it on the planets!
Now this all sounds rather grim, as do most connections with the Fixed Stars, but there are some of them that have a truly beneficial influence. The most benefic of all is Spica, the fortunate bright star in the sheaf of wheat held by the Virgin. In the UT chart for Greenwich—the key chart for these considerations as Venus hits her retro station—Spica is rising conjunct the Ascendant and the Moon, which is also rising conjunct the Ascendant. This phenomenon proffers unbounded good fortune, happiness, ecclesiastical preferment, unexpected honour, or advancement beyond anyone's hopes or capacity. Gosh. Not so bad then. Irrespective of the mundane position (i.e. whether or not you are in Greenwich!), those who can take advantage of this auspicious paran are likely to find gain through inventions and success, wealth and honour from people who are kind, intellectual and most likely influential or in high office.
This year Venus makes her direct station in conjunction with the behenian Fixed Star, Izar, once again a binary star, pale orange and bluish green, lying on the waistband of Boötes the Ploughman (or "Bearwarden" as Manilius calls him, for he drives the Bears, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor around the pole star, Polaris). Boötes is fond of wine (as Icarius, he was believed to be the one whom Dionysus first taught to make wine) and gives prosperity from work, strong desires, a tendency to excess, together with a liking for occultism. According to Robson, the Cabbalists associate him with the Hebrew letter Teth and the 9th Tarot Trump, "The Hermit". The good thing about the direct station is that it provides the ideal opportunity to make valuable decisions on relationships and interactions in general with regard to the direction you will take in the future – at least until the next Venus Retrograde in April 2012!
fixed stars form patterns in the heavens that are called constellations. Constellations are not the same as Signs of the Zodiac, though some of them bear the same names, because in times gone long by, the signs coincided with the constellations of the same name. This is because of the phenomenon known as the precession of the equinoxes, whereby the Vernal Point, which is always the first degree of the sign Aries in the Tropical Zodiac, moves slowly backwards with regard to the stars and constellations in the Sidereal Zodiac (thanks to the Earth's top-like "wobble" in its orbit). Argo, Boötes, Centaurus, Corvus and Cygnus are important constellations, but not signs of the Zodiac.The
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